Race Preview: 2016 Bend Ale Run

Run for the Ale of it! Or, at the very least, run for beer. Because, well...beer! While it's true that most runs in the Pacific Northwest now include beer as a recovery drink for the post-race party, there is no other place other than Bend where you can race, enjoy a beer and then hit the Bend Ale Trail. It's an adventure in breweries! But what about this race, you ask? The Bend Ale Run is a hybrid half marathon/10K (part dirt, part road) that both end at the Bend Ale Festival.


Bend Ale Run

Sounds cool, right? Just for running, everyone gets a beanie, a medal, entry into the Ale Festival (with 4 tokens) and a cool Bend Ale Run pint glass, among other things. Come for the run, stay for the beer! And here are the breweries that are going to be pouring:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Atlas Cider Co.
  • Bend Brewing Company
  • Boneyard Beer
  • Cascade Lakes Brewing
  • Craft Kitchen and Brewery
  • Crux Fermentation Project
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Goodlife Brewing
  • Monkless Belgian Ales
  • Shade Tree Brewing
  • Silver Moon Brewing
  • Wild Ride Brewing
  • Worthy Brewing

That’s only a small amount, as there will be 40 beers from 20 breweries at the festival. The festival is also the finish line for the run, so you can seamlessly transition from running to drinking.

The courses also seem relatively unique as well – they aren’t just circles around the Old Mill area. The half marathon heads westward into some northward-bound logging road trails before meeting up with Shevlin Park Road and finishing back at the Ale Fest. There should be about 850 feet of elevation change as well. The 10k course heads out into the trails as well, but only briefly before returning via Skyliners Road.

The race also features a 5 hour time limit, which should allow for all ages and abilities to enjoy the late winter Bend scenery. No dogs are allowed, but strollers are (assuming it is up to the task of some off-road sections). Follow the event on Facebook.

When: Saturday, November 12th. Half starts at 10am. 10K starts at 10:15. Lunch is immediately after. Ale Festival starts at 11 and goes until 9pm.

Register: Cost is $70 until October 31st, then goes up to $80. Register at Active.com

About Drew Roberts (193 Articles)
Insanely happy husband & father. Trail running junkie. Ultramarathon rookie. Saved by grace.
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